"Hit Like A Girl" is a global, online contest for female drummers that drew competitors from 45 countries in 2014. Now the event is shaping up for its fourth year. The contest opened for online video entries at 12:01 AM PST on March 1. Two pair of weekly winners will be chosen by celebrity/industry judging teams and announced March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 with the entry period closing on April 8.
Fan Voting opens April 10 and closes April 22.
The Top 20 Weekly and fan-selected finalists in both the over and under 18 age divisions will be announced on April 23 followed by celebrity judging from April 24 and May 4.
The final winners will be chosen during an online event on May 7.
Complete acoustic, electronic or hybrid drum kits and accessories will be given away to the first, second and third finishers in both Under 18 and Over 18 categories. The value of all prizes exceeds $15,000.
Joining the 2015 event are spokesperson Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil) with celebrity judges Sheila E, Hannah Ford-Welton (Prince), Venzella Joy (Beyoncé), Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX), Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson), Jess Bowen (the Summer Set), Alicia Warrington (Kate Nash), Cherisse Ofusu-Osei (Bryan Ferry) and Nia Lovelis (Cherri Bomb). The judging panel also includes leading YouTube artists Meytal Cohen, Anika Nilles, Motown legend Bobbye Hall and Lux Drummerette, as well as 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato.
The 2015 "Hit Like A Girl" Contest features several returning sponsors as well as some new ones. This year’s presenting sponsors are Zildjian, Evans, and DW Drums. Additional sponsors include: Sabian Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Yamaha and Yamaha DTX Drums, Alfred Music, Musicians Institute, Innovative Percussion, Vater, Promark, Puresound, SKB, TRX, Vic Firth, Audix and Cympad.
Media sponsors from around the world have been enlisted to help support the contest, including: the Percussive Arts Society, Drum Channel, Hudson Music, Drum Guru, Alternative Press, DRUM! Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine and the Enter Music Network and Online Drummer as well as Drumhead (US), Music Radar/Rhythm Magazine (UK), Drums & Percussion (Germany) and DrumScene (Australia).
For more information, visit hitlikeagirlcontest.com.